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Cosy Saxon village house in rural Transylvania, Romania, near Brasov. Mid-January to mid-March 2016

  • This house is in: Romania, Bod (village)
  • Period available: 2 months
  • Starts: 15 January 2016
  • Ends: 20 March 2016
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    None, but there are owls and other birds in the courtyard and the neighbours' cats pass through!

About this assignment

Resourceful and independant couple, small family, or single person, required to sit house whilst I am taking my annual winter visit to Britain - mid January to mid-March 2016 only. Must be non-smokers.

Note that if you also do HelpX, I am a registered HelpX host.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Keeping my house company in my absence! Supervising my idiosyncratic gas central heating system and pumped water supply from well. Snow clearance in courtyard as required. There are some gardening, maintenance, repair, electrical, and decorating jobs that may need doing if the sitter wishes and is able, but they are not urgent or essential.

I do not have animals to be cared for.

What are the good features of the property and location

Typical, traditional Saxon smallholding (but no longer worked as a farm) in a quiet, attractive, rural village in Transylvania, central Romania - 15kms north of Brasov city. Property has gas-fired central heating, log-burning stove, running hot and cold water supplied from a well, indoor toilet, shower but no bath, partial double glazing, oak beams, traditional features, insulated loft, satellite TV, good wireless internet.

Property is set in its own large, enclosed, gated courtyard about 500 metres from village centre on a quiet asphalt road, with frequent horse-drawn carts passing front gate. Mature pine trees, apple, pear and walnut orchard, vines and large parking area in courtyard.

The Carpathian Mountains - with peaks of up to 2500 m (8300 ft) - are visible only 15 kms away from my garden and the village street.

This village is in the heart of "Saxon Transylvania" - rural Romania with ethnic Romanian, Szekely (Hungarian), Saxon (German) and Roma (gypsy) people. The Saxon villages with their impressive fortified churches are all around. The historic city of Brasov is only 30 minutes away by bus and the superbly preserved medieval fortified town of Sighisoara is 2 hours away by road or 3 by train.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

This is rural Romania - life is varied, fun, different, and sometimes hard and challenging. It will be mid winter, with temperatures regularly down to minus 20 Celsius at night, perhaps lower on occasions. Daytime temperatures can be anything from minus 15 to plus 15. There will be snow, possibly deep, but not all the time as weather patterns are unpredictable.

There is a frequent (but not regular) bus service from the village centre (500m from house) to Brasov city, 15kms away (takes 30 minutes). There is not much village "life" as in the Western European sense, but I have friendly, helpful neighbours and other people in the village for local support, some of whom speak basic English.

Life in rural Transylvania is varied but often challenging. You will need to be resourceful, independant people, comfortable with your own company. My house is heated and cosy, there are plenty of books and a good range of music CD's you can listen to. I do not have animals to be cared for.

For security reasons you will NOT be able to go drinking in the village bars, which are rough places where local men gather to drink hard, and glean the gossip on what is going on in the village! However there are plenty of excellent restaurants and social drinking places in Brasov 15kms away.

I will be contactable online, and by phone in an emergency, but will not be able to return to Romania before the agreed date (mid-March).

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